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Set in the 18th century, this novel follows the fortunes of Estienne Barbier, an inveterate liar and philanderer, who deserts his pregnant wife to stow away for the Cape of Good Hope - a trip which will open his eyes. By the author of "A Dry White Season" and "An Instant in the Wind".
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"On the surface On the Contrary is a picaresque historical novel, in which 18th century adventurer Estienne Barbier graduates from seducing French wives to South African widows via a long and bruising association with the Dutch East India Company. Underneath [it] is about today's South Africa and the dilemmas facing people challenging the status quo." - Sunday TelegraphFrom the Back Cover:
"An immensely generous novel, vivid and adroit in its use of history." - The Times
"Peter Carey--Garcia Marquez--Alexander Solzhenitsyn: André Brink must be considered with that class of writer." - Guardian
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